ALEX Dyer tonight criticised his Kilmarnock team for failing to perform in the second-half against Celtic at Parkhead.

The Rugby Park club started well against their hosts, who had not won a Premiership match since November 8, and were level at the end of the opening 45 minutes.

However, Dyer was bitterly disappointed at how his men acquitted themselves after half-time and felt they had squandered an opportunity to take advantage of their opponents’ difficulties.

"You don't win games by just competing in the first half, especially when you come to places like this,” he said. “You have to be on it from the first minute to the last and we weren't.

"We did well first half, but in the second half we didn't come out. We didn't do anything. We could have been three or four down in the first 10 minutes. We were lucky to come away with just 2-0.

"If you come to places like this and you only have seven or eight trying you are not going to win no games and you are not going to get no points.

"It doesn't matter whether it is Celtic, Rangers or the bigger clubs, you still have to show you can come to these places and win games and get points and we didn't do that today, especially second half.”

Dyer added: "It is a missed opportunity. Since I have been up here, Celtic have dominated all the time and it was a good time to play them and we didn't capitalise on that at all so we are disappointed.

"Certain players never came out and switched on and I told them that. It is not like they do it every week, but the second half today they didn't come out. They were still in the changing room.”